A year or so ago, I bought the Benefit High Beam highlighter. I thought it was really pretty, but I didn’t really know how to use it. You can use it by applying it directly to your cheekbones, but I have since developed a different method that I prefer. It gives me luminous skin without being excessively highlighted, even for a day-to-day wear. Keep reading to find out just what that method is…
Okay, time to confess my secret for glowing skin – it’s mixing my Benefit High Beam into my Maybelline Fit Me Foundation*! I already liked that it was a dewy foundation, which you may remember from my original review post earlier this year, but there’s no such thing as too much glow! (Okay maybe there is but so far I’m yet to find it).
I drop some of the Benefit High Beam onto the back of my hand -you could use a makeup palette if you have such a thing, but I do not. I’m not a huge fan of the packaging of High Beam, to be frank. It looks like a nail polish, and once when I went to apply it to my friend’s cheeks she freaked out because that’s what she thought it was. It would be better in a pump or squeeze bottle.
I don’t really have specific proportions for this, I tend to just go with it – if you’re looking for specific instructions you’ve come to the wrong blog, sorry!
I mix it up with a little concealer brush, and then start applying it. I use the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge since I absolutely love the finish that it leaves on my skin. I use this sponge with most of my foundations since it’s so great – I bought it from iherb, and I’m probably due for a replacement since I’ve had it a for….probably longer than you should own one for.
Maybelline fit me foundation is a medium coverage foundation so I like to touch up my blemishes with my MAC pro long wear concealer, so that it still looks fairly natural but also fakes like I have clear skin. I apply a dusting of my Makeup For Ever HD powder just so I don’t look overly shiny but it doesn’t take away from my glow-y skin. I know some people panic about flashback with the MUFE HD powder but as long as you don’t apply it too heavily it’s great, as I showed in this post of mine about avoiding flash back fails.
What do you think of this look/concept? If Benefit High Beam is a bit too expensive, a cheaper alternative I’ve used in the past is ELF shimmering facial whip which I bought for only a few dollars on iherb.
*This was sent to me by Maybelline NZ.